The saga surrounding Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been an interesting one to watch. While he has acted like someone that the Steelers do not want on their roster, his production on the field makes it hard to let him go.
Brown has asked to be traded, said ‘goodbye’ to the fans in Pittsburgh, and burned just about every bridge he had in the Steelers locker room. But heading into his meeting with team president, Art Rooney II, his status and what the future holds for him was not clear.
According to a tweet from Brown, that is not the case anymore:
“Had a great meeting with Mr.Rooney today we discussed a lot of things, and we cleared the air on several issues! We both agreed that it is time to move on, but I’ll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization! #CallGod #Boomin”
Also present at the meeting was Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert, and executive Omar Khan.
Brown followed up his tweet with a video on Instagram talking again about his desire to be traded but also saying that he wanted more guaranteed money. His current contract does not have any remaining. He has three years remaining on his current contract and could get it reworked by his new team.
But they would be under no obligation to do so.
This request stands in stark contrast to his comments during his AMA session over the weekend when he said his issues were not about the money and that he wouldn’t need a new contract. He has a right to change his mind, of course, but the general public is bound to have an opinion on his reversal.
At the end of his video, which he made while working out on an elliptical machine, he said he was trying to inspire people not to let someone else determine their destination.
Assuming the Steelers will now be openly trying to trade Brown, the market should be an active one for his services. No one will be too crazy about his antics of late, but there isn’t a team in the league that couldn’t use a guy that can be counted on for 100+ receptions a season.
For their part, the Steelers will likely not be in a rush but will want to do something before March 17 when Brown is due a $2.5 million bonus. If they do wait beyond that date, they will undoubtedly want to move Brown ahead of the draft since they will likely receive a package of picks for him.